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The Big Screen Bulletin 6.23.14: Think Like a Man Too Wins the Box Office
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 06.23.2014

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Welcome to the Big Screen Bulletin! My name is Steve Gustafson and this is where we hit the big movie news from the weekend and anything else going on in the world of Hollywood! Follow me on Twitter for random bits, news RT's, and updates! Only at http://www.twitter.com/stevethegoose! For some additional reading you can check out my Comics 411. This week we talked about the Greatest Avengers Lineup! Also, if you like hot women, my Hollywood 5 & 1 will keep you occupied.

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1. Think Like a Man Too - $30 million ($30 million total)
2. 22 Jump Street - $29 million ($111.5 million total)
3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - $25.3 million ($95.2 million total)
4. Jersey Boys - $13.5 million ($13.5 million total)
5. Maleficent - $13 million ($186 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. Edge of Tomorrow - $10.3 million ($74.5 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. The Fault in Our Stars - $8.6 million ($98.7 million total)
8. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $6.2 million ($216.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. Chef - $1.8 million ($16.9 million total)
10. Godzilla - $1.8 million ($194.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!

Box Office Survey!
Instead of me just repeating what you can see, how about we ask some questions about the weekend box office? Answer in the comments!

* Is Kevin Hart a legit box office force?

* Why did Jersey Boys open soft?

Latino Review reports that the latest rumor suggests that Ben Affleck will be back as the Dark Knight in a solo Batman film in 2019. Warner announced last August that Affleck will play Batman in several movies, including Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. The 2019 solo outing is expected to be called...wait for it...The Batman.

Batman V Superman will end production around December. After a break for the holidays, production for Justice League will likely begin in winter of 2015. In the summer of 2015, Affleck will write, direct and star in a period gangster movie called Live By Night (which arrives in October 2016). This would allow Warner Bros time to write a script for a production start in either 2017 or 2018.

The website suggests that its possible that Affleck could direct the film given his track record with the studio (Argo was a Warner Bros film and won Best Picture at the Academy Awards). His contract could have a clause or another rider for directing.

My question:

Casting of the Week!
Speaking of Ant-Man, JoBlo has a report on who the main villain is for the upcoming Ant-Man film. According to the report, the main villain is Darren Cross.

If you are familiar with the comics, you know that Cross was an enemy of Scott Lang and the head of Cross Technological Enterprises. One difference, instead of being Hulk-sized like the comics, Cross will reportedly have a similar outfit as Ant-Man. In the comics, Cross also has a cousin, William Cross, who becomes the villain Crossfire. William Cross is a CIA trained agent with expert martial arts and weapon skills and a cybernetic eye.

According to The Wrap's Jeff Sneider, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) will play Darren Cross, and Patrick Wilson will play William in the film.

Now, Badass Digest reports that the primary villain will be wearing the persona of Yellowjacket. Yellowjacket was an alternate superhero identity assumed by Hank Pym in Avengers #59 in 1968. This was the fourth such identity for the hero, who was coming under increasingly strong mental duress due to inhaling chemicals that caused schizophrenia. It lead to his rather infamous storyline where he was abusive to his wife Janet Van Dyne (aka the Wasp). The suit was eventually stolen by Rita DeMara, who used it for villainy for an extended period of time.

The site notes that Michael Douglas, who is playing Pym in the film, will not be wearing the Yellowjacket suit. It stays vague on whether Darren Cross, who it describes as "definitely the industrialist villain," will be in the Yellowjacket persona.

Ant-Man is due out in theaters on July 17, 2015.

How about a bunch of pictures in the form of a video? A new video has arrived online which reveals photos from the set of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The photos show writer/director Joss Whedon along with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth. The film also stars Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Kretschmann, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and James Spader. It will be released on May 1, 2015.

Marvel president Kevin Feige was in Barcelona this week to present a big chuck of footage from Guardians of the Galaxy at the CineEurope Europe event. After sharing the footage, Feige took part in a Q&A in which he updated on all manner of Marvel projects including; potential Guardians of the Galaxy sequels; Thanos' role in future Marvel films; Ant-Man without Edgar Wright; the Marvel Netflix TV shows; the possibility of a Spider-Man/X-Men/Marvel Studios crossover; and the status of Doctor Strange. Here are the highlights:

On the potential of a Guardians franchise: "Every time we make a movie, we focus on the single movie, the importance of doing the best version we can to introduce a new audience to the characters. So we don't have, necessarily, two or three or four movies planned because if we have a good idea - a fun idea for a scene or a cool character - we put it in this movie because we know if the first movie doesn't work, there won't be any movies after that.

"That being said, there are dozens and dozens of Guardians Of The Galaxy storylines - there's a group that came about in the '60s, they were revamped again in the '80s and they changed into this incarnation that you see in this movie about eight or nine years ago - so there are a lot of other characters and worlds and stories. So should this film work, should the audience come out for this one, there are definitely places we can take it and we have ideas of where we'd like to go with it, but really all the energy goes into the first movie first."

On Thanos: "If you remember we had a tag scene in Thor: The Dark World where Benicio Del Toro showed up for the first time as The Collector, so that was our way of saying the Guardians and the other Marvel characters inhabit the same reality and the same universe. In particular, there's a villain in this film, that comic fans know as Thanos, that moviegoers will begin to learn more and more about in the coming years. He appeared at the very end of the first Avengers film, when he turned into camera and smirked, and we realized he was the person behind the alien army that Loki teamed up with to terrorize New York City, and that the Avengers had to fight. We see him again in this movie [Guardians], we learn a little bit more about him in this movie, and he - and his band of followers - is the biggest piece of connective tissue that will eventually lead us back into Avengers films in the future."

On the multiple Marvel TV series that will air on Netflix: "I think the television division first and foremost need to make great TV shows that stand on their own. But because it is Marvel, we do think they will all fall under the umbrella of the Cinematic Universe, the way Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. does now, the way the Agent Carter series will, so I do think that Daredevil and Jessica Jones and the other ones [Iron Fist and Luke Cage] will have a loose connection to the overall storyline. But, just like the most important thing for us with each film is that each film works independently and stands alone as a great movie, and then the fun part is it connecting to the other world; I think the TV group is doing the exact same thing with each series."

On Ant-Man without Edgar Wright: "Ant-Man is still going to come out on July 17 [2015], we start filming this August. Edgar Wright, who I've known for many years, who wrote the draft with Joe Cornish - much of the movie will still be based very much on that draft and the DNA of what Edgar has created up to this point, but Peyton Reed has stepped in [to direct]. Adam McKay, a very good writer is reworking parts of the script - not the entirety of the script, but some of it - and it's going to, we believe, come to life in the best version of Ant-Man that we could possibly make. Again Ant-Man is a very important character for us. We like that people don't necessarily know what it is, we like that it sounds sort of strange when you first hear the notion of Ant-Man, or a hero that can shrink, but he's a very key Marvel character: he's a key Avenger. He's an important character we want to bring into our universe and Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and an amazing cast all set to start in August, we believe that we're on the road to the best version of Ant-Man that we could have."

On the status of Doctor Strange: "Scott Derrickson has been announced as the director. Doctor Strange is a character that I've been interested in for many, many years and that I've talked about in interviews for probably 14 years, because I believe it's very, very important for us to explore every nook and cranny of the comic-book universe and we've done the street-level heroes, and we've done the billionaire superheroes [on Earth]. We've now done the cosmic side withThor and Avengers and most obviously with Guardians, but there's a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side - the interdimensional side of the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own.

So Strange is very, very important, not just because it's an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who's gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis, but it also is going to open up a whole other side of storytelling for our movies. So we're about to hire a writer to redo a draft, and we think we'll be casting probably in the next month or two, and announcing an actor, and then we get into production in the spring of next year."

On a Spider-Man, X-Men, Marvel crossover possibilty: "It would be great, I think, to be able to have all of the Marvel characters interact one day, in a single movie with Marvel Studios, [but] I don't think that'll happen anytime soon. Fox is doing very well - Days Of Future Pastjust came out, was a big hit, was a very, very good movie. As long as they keep doing that they'll be able to keep those rights. Sony - same thing - has very long term plans for Spidey, and I think as long as they keep doing that and as long as they keep succeeding, Sony will have Spidey for a long time. So I wouldn't say anything's impossible, I've been at Marvel for almost 14 years now, and it's a very different company today than when it was a near bankrupt company just trying to get a foothold in movies when I started. So I always say nothing is impossible but I'm not sure that's going to happen any time soon."

Here is a new clip, courtesy of Fandango, for Transformers: Age of Extinction. The film stars stars Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller, Han Geng, Titus Welliver, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, John DiMaggio, Mark Ryan, Robert Foxworth, and Reno Wilson and opens on June 26th.

The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.

Shock Till You Drop reports that Screen Gems has revealed two more clips from Deliver Us From Evil.The film was directed by Scott Derrickson and stars Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, and Joel McHale. It will be released on July 2.

Here's a synopsis: In the film, directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie's bone-chilling real-life cases.

Trailer Talk
With less than a month to go before its July 11th release date, 20th Century Fox has released the final trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The film stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo, and Judy Greer.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

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